Jul 24, 2008

Depressing news

Tribune Co. execs Randy Michaels and Sam Zell answered questions from Tribune Co. reporters on a conference call Tuesday. I've posted the entire transcript here.

Below, Michaels responds to a question about cuts made to The Morning Call by comparing today's financial struggles to what newspapers went through in Great Depression:

And look, this is not without precedent. I just read that in 1929 after The Crash, the Colonel cut the
Chicago's Tribune size, closed a lot of the foreign bureaus and cut the number of reporters in Chicago down to 83 in order to stay alive through the Depression. So this is hardly unprecedented, it's not the first time. But we're seeing revenue declines that start to approach those levels. And I think we're going to come nowhere near those kind of draconian cuts that had been made before to keep these papers alive.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The revenue decline is "starting to approach" depression-era figures? What does that even mean? Losing one dollar "starts to approach" losing a million.

The other thing is that back then they laid off people AFTER they started losing money. Now they're doing it long before, then trying to blame it on the market after the fact.